I think I am a bit off my usual educational technology rants today … but this story blows my mind. New Scientist reports the story of Esref Armagan, an individual born without sight, who is an extraordinary artist. From the article:
“… if Armagan can represent images in the same way a sighted person can, it raises big questions not only about how our brains construct mental images, but also about the role those images play in seeing. Do we build up mental images using just our eyes or do other senses contribute too? How much can congenitally blind people really understand about space and the layout of objects within it? How much “seeing” does a blind person actually do?”
Also, be sure to check out Armagan’s artwork here.